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When you think about God, read the Bible or when you're listening to the sermon at church, do you sometimes feel as if you’re worthy of punishment or at least not measuring up?
If so, remember Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (NIV 1984).
Even though God hates sin (especially the way it devastates our lives and His plan for us), He constantly extends mercy to us. After all, when He sent His Son to die for our sins, it wasn’t an act of contempt, but of tremendous love.
I don’t want the devil to deceive me –even with one thought – into believing God is disappointed with me. Obviously, He isn’t pleased with many things I do, and I know my sin grieves Him, but grief isn’t disappointment.
Rather than allowing the devil to deceive me, I want to grasp more perfectly what Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means for me, personally.
Therefore, for the month of January (and for as long as it takes) I’m setting the ambitious goal of memorizing Romans 8. With God’s help, I will memorize the whole chapter.
I emphasize “with God’s help” because, although I write for the Memorizing Scripture Blog, I have a tremendously difficult time memorizing scripture. However, I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t been meditating on and memorizing verses – even imperfectly, in the past.
As I progress in committing Romans 8 to memory, I will be asking God to change me to be more like Him, beginning with my January goal of being less critical of others, especially with my husband, Bert.
I invite you to walk with me as we begin our monthly goals for 2016. What is your January goal? Even if you choose not to memorize scripture, I hope you’ll consider meditating on Bible verses that are relevant to your goals and struggles.
I have a feeling it will be more than worthy of our time.
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